This week: Hearing voices?
on their blog, including a post by Twaweza’s Rakesh Rajani that asks how do we instill the trust needed for citizens to participate in providing feedback on services? He tells a story that makes that point that “
Speaking of online voices, those that do have access participated in a recent chat panel to discuss what transparency that leads to accountability looks like. You can read up on the summary of the key points. What I found interesting was the amount of ‘coulds.’ Transparency could improve the relationship between government and citizens, it could lead to practical improvements, it could be used to actually obscure information, it could be manipulated for political means. So how do we make sure we make sure that the positive ‘coulds’ happen and the negative ‘coulds’ are avoided?
Sarah Hénon reminds us that private development assistance should not be forgotten in the current open data and transparency advances. Keep up on fiscal transparency issues and join in on a webinarhosted by OGP that will introduce the Fiscal Openness Working Group on July 30th.
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